By Odita Sunday (Abuja) and Ibrahim Obansa (Lokoja)
Kogi abduction: Police rescue 12 passengers, four others still missing
Troops of OPERATION HADI KAI have rescued kidnapped civilians, arresting terrorists’ spies and their logistics suppliers.
Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko, disclosed this, while briefing newsmen on troops’ activities in the theatre of operations currently ongoing in parts of the country.
Onyeuko noted that the last few days were characterised by some operational setbacks orchestrated by terrorists and criminals in North Central.
He stressed that the challenges have not dimmed the light on the huge gains and success achieved by troops in other theatres of operation, especially in the North-East, North-West and South-South regions.
According to him, troops would not relent on the arduous task of protecting the lives and properties of Nigerians.
Onyeuko added that in the last two weeks, the land component with the support of the air component conducted offensive operations at different locations of the theatre such as: Ukuba/Camp Zairo, Sabil Huda, Ba Masaa, Wulgo, Marta, fulatari village, Uraha Crossing Point, Mbalala, Gamboru town all in Borno State.
He said: “Notably among the exploits of own troops was the capture of the terrorist’s stronghold by Ukba/Camp Zairo in the Sambisa forest, where some artillery guns, Armored Personnel Carrier, trailers, and a large cache of arms and ammunition were captured.
“Also, own troops destroyed terrorist enclaves, captured some terrorists, destroyed terrorists improvised explosive making factory.
“Furthermore, troops also rescued kidnapped civilians and arrested terrorist spies and their logistics suppliers.
“The Air Component between 28 – 31 after several days of surveillance of terrorist activities at Bukar Meiram and 2km South of Kollaram conducted air interdictions which took out a heavy stockpile of ISWAP weapons in their depot.”
MEANWHILE, Kogi State Police Command has rescued 12 passengers, including the driver of the bus attacked by kidnappers along Anyigba highway.
The Police Command Public Relations Officers, (PPRO), Superintendent of Police (SP), William Aya, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, said four others are still missing.
He said, “On Wednesday, the Command received a report that one Toyota bus marked Benue 192 XA, driven by one Benard Ejeh and conveying 16 passengers from Abuja to Benue State via Ankpa ran into kidnappers at Ojuwo-Ajebgo village of Ofu Local Council of the state along Anyigba road.
“ Immediately, operatives of the Quick Response Unit stationed at Itobe swung into action, pursued the hoodlums into the bush and rescued 12 passengers, including the driver, while four others are yet to be seen.”
He noted that the rumour on social media that over 15 passengers are missing as a result of the attack on Anyigba-Itobe Highway of Kogi State is not true.
“The Command wishes to unequivocally state that the report is not only the figment of the imagination of the author but totally false, malicious and highly mischievous.
“The Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, who was on a visiting tour at Kogi East Senatorial Zone got the information while he was on his way to Ejule, immediately moved to the scene, met with the rescued passengers and ordered that they should be moved to Itobe Division for debriefing.
“The Commissioner of Police immediately deployed a tactical team to the area to continue trailing the hoodlums with a view to rescuing other victims.
“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police urges members of the public and the media, particularly social media handlers to always verify facts of incidents from the police before publishing stories to guard against misinforming the general public,” the statement added.
Credit: THE GUARDIAN.